Oleg Mavromatti is a Russian artist, filmmaker, and performer who has earned fame for his controversial artistic projects. For carrying out an actual crucifixion during the filming of his unfinished film Oil on Canvas, he was sentenced to several years in prison in 2000, and is currently living in exile. In a project entitled Ally/Foe (2010), voters decided in an internet poll whether to give the death sentence to the artist strapped into an electric chair. He gained international recognition for his dystopian film Bastards (2000), about young people in contemporary Russia. His bold documentary No Place for Fools (2015) premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2015 and was nominated for the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary award at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2015.
- No Place for Fools
Russia, 2015 dir.Oleg Mavromatti Sergey Astahov is a gay man converted by Church and state propaganda into an orthodox pro-Putin activist. Composed of terrifying images from Astahov’s blog, this documentary by contemporary artist Oleg Mavromatti is the most radical insight into today’s Russia and its ideological clashes. “We must not give away our children to foreigners and homosexuals” says Astahov. A few months prior to this pronouncement, Astahov himself was…Read more →